We live in a fast paced world where there’s an expectation to always be on the go.
Achieve. Do. Accomplish. Do more. Reach higher.
Whilst action is certainly needed to move forward in life, it’s important take a step back and reflect:
Are you achieving, accomplishing and reaching towards what really matters to YOU?
To be completely transparent: I ask you this question because it’s a question I asked myself as recently as this week.
I was on the phone to my friend/colleague the other day and we were all talking about our businesses. We shared what’s working and what’s not.
I heard myself saying, “The baby’s coming in June….
- I gotta get organized
- I gotta get 1 million things on my to-do list done
- I’m going to launch X, Y, Z in 1 day
Thankfully my friend patiently listened and lovingly suggested I take the time to focus on the things that really lit me up and were truly important.
Shoulders down. Heavy sigh of relief.
Her words soothed my over-frantic brain and my body melted into my chair.
They say “we teach what we most need to learn” and this lesson is one I’m still learning to get better at.
If you’re feeling caught up in the cycle of life and on the treadmill towards somewhere that doesn’t feel right or is it a bit forced then I invite you to join me in a little challenge I’m setting for myself. That is:
TO SIMPLIFY AND MAKE THINGS EASY
I’m guessing that you’re really smart,
I’m guessing that you can multitask with the best of them and that you get stuff done.
As women we’re trained to be excellent at juggling the different areas in our life. Careers, family, health, personal style, meditation….
It can be super exhausting.
I’m about to have my 3rd child in June and it’s forced me to get smarter with my time.
At the end of the day I want it all: a fulfilling career and family life filled with joy, adventure, good food, wine(!) and awesome health to be able to do it for a really long time.
If you want to figure out your career calling or start a purpose-driven business but quite simply don’t have the time or energy to begin, then this message is for you too.
Consider this my invitation to you to join me in the simplification process.
Step 1: FIGURE OUT THE ONE SIMPLE THING I CAN DO TO SIMPLIFY MY WORK
For me I’m going to stop emailing you twice a week and simply update you once a week (bye-bye Motivational Monday Mantras).
FOR YOU: You’ll receive a more potent and helpful article that packs a punch so you only have to open a message from me once a week.
FOR ME: I’ll have more creative energy to deliver the best possible value I can in one email.
Simple. Win-win. My favourite!
By the way I’d love your input in a super short survey to help me make sure I really am giving you the value you need. You can check out the survey HERE.Thanks for your input!
Your Action Step: How can you apply this to your life?
STEP 2: FOCUS MORE EFFECTIVELY
Whilst I’m already a huge fan of batching aka doing certain activities on given days, I found myself still feeling distracted by all the things on my to do list.
I’m taking it one step further and I’m now going to focus on one project at a time.
Of course there are always balls in the air but instead of say allowing 2 hours each day to work on my new website, I’m dedicating one whole day to it.
That way I can really go deep into a project without losing focus.
The truth is: Multitasking is over rated.
When I was at GS, we did an exercise to prove how counter-productive multitasking is.
Exercise 1: Required us to write A-Z on the left hand column and 1-26 on the right hand column as fast as we could. Time was then recorded.
Exercise 2: Required us to write the first 5 letters of the alphabet on one side of the page and then flip the paper over and write the first 5 numbers in order. Switch back and repeat again until all 26 letters and numbers were written. Time was then recorded.
The results below me away.
It wasn’t simply the turning of the paper, which took time. It was the cognitive switch in gears, which not only took up time but also consumed a lot of energy. It took me twice as a long and I could feel the difference.
That exercises blew me away and from then on in I stopped multi-tasking as much as I could. I’m still not perfect and trying to get it right. I do fall into bad habits but I’m conscious of what a waste of time it
That hype and tension from always being “on” can actually deplete our energy so that when we have that time off to be creative or enjoy with our loved ones, we can be too frazzled to enjoy it.
Your Action Step: Are you a multitasker? Are you committed to focusing instead of multi-tasking?
When you take the time to simplify and focus then you can free up energy, headspace and heart-space to figure out the answers to the all-important question:
Am I achieving, accomplishing and reaching towards what really matters to ME?
From that calm and grounded space, you can turn your life around to create that beautiful life and career that you know is more than possible for you.
I’d love to hear from you:
- How are you spending your time right now?
- Where do you see yourself being able to simply in one area of your life?
Leave a comment and let me know.
P.S. Given my intention to surrender and simplify, I’m going back to what would light me up to create and would also serve you best. If you haven’t done so already, I’d be super grateful if you could complete this super short survey so that I can create more articles, videos and resources to help you pursue your career calling or start your business.